Willie "Dr. No" Pratt

Master Distiller

Michter’s Master Distiller, Willie Pratt, has over 40 years of experience in the whiskey industry with in-depth knowledge ranging from selection of grain, to distillation, to barreling and maturation. Prior to joining Michter’s, Willie spent his career at Brown-Forman where he co-chaired a special committee formed to study cooperage – the art of barrel construction – and to identify optimal distillation and aging conditions for among other things, whiskey taste, aroma, color and yields.

Good naturedly referred to as “Dr. No” by the Michter’s salespeople, Willie is known for refusing to release whiskey for bottling until he feels it is just right, even though the whiskey may already be significantly older than the age stated on the label. Additionally, he insists on storing Michter’s barrels in not commonly found heat-cycled warehouses even though this significantly increases the “Angel’s Share” evaporation during aging.

Willie is a proud native of Louisville, Kentucky where he, his wife Patsy, his children, grandchildren, and his great grandchildren live. Among Willie’s outside interests and hobbies are fishing in Florida, riding Harley motorcycles, and – until recently when his plane was totaled on a runway – flying his Cherokee four-seater.

Pam Heilmann


Pam is Michter’s Distiller and Vice President of Production. Prior to joining Michter’s, Pam spent nearly 15 years at Beam Global, Inc., maker of fine whiskeys including Baker’s, Basil Hayden’s, Booker’s, and Knob Creek, and has a strong operational background. Her most recent position at Beam had been overseeing all aspects of whiskey production as Distillery Manager at the Booker Noe Distillery in Boston, Kentucky. During her years at Beam, Pam worked directly with former Master Distiller Jerry Dalton.

An honors graduate of Columbia College in Missouri, she also formally studied distillation at Alltech Institute of Brewing and Distilling in Kentucky. Pam and her husband live in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. They enjoy fishing, gardening and taking motorcycle trips. They split their leisure time between Florida and New York, where their children, grandchildren and Pam's parents live.

Andrea Wilson

Vice President – General Manager

Andrea Wilson graduated as a Master of Chemical Engineering from the University of Louisville. After working for several years as an engineering consultant for global consulting firm, CH2M HILL, she went to work in the bourbon industry. She spent over 10 years both as a consultant and as an employee of Diageo with many awards and achievements as Director of Distillation and Maturation, North America and more recently as Director of Whiskey Strategy. Presently Andrea is continuing her years of service with the Kentucky Distiller’s Association where in 2009 she became the first woman to ever serve as Chair of that organization. She has been highlighted in the KET documentary, Kentucky Bourbon Tales: Distilling the Family Business.